Portable medical monitoring: An E-nursing interface for elderly care emergencies

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Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2009, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2009, 2009, pp. 76 - 84
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We present a prototype called 'Portable Medical Monitoring Computer' that was developed to provide a possible solution to the growing demand for effective, appropriate and efficient elderly care, especially in emergency situations. It supports registered nurses in nursing homes with vital sign parameters and other medical information about residents who are suffering a medical emergency. The application was designed for a portable computer featuring a touch screen, which allows users to access information next to the casualty at the point-of-treatment. The main goal of this project was to design a usable interface for this emergency deployment scenario. This front-end application receives a variety of information, including vital sign information from the existing wireless sensor network called ReMoteCare. Our application prototype has the potential to significantly help serve the future needs of caregivers during an emergency situation through its easy to use, straight forward interface that allows quick and accurate access to vital sign and medical data. The paper reports on the design and development of the prototype, developed after consultation with nursing staff, describes the testing of the prototype and discusses the results of this testing. © 2009 IADIS.
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